2019 AGM

The 2019 AGM was held on Wednesday 20th March and was well attended.  Minutes of the meeting will be available soon but in the meantime there has been a slight increase to subscriptions for families and adults with no change for Juniors/Post University/Vacation Student membership.  As we are now an LTA registered club it is important that all members join up as British Tennis Members  – this is a quick and simple process and will mean that in the future the club will be allocated a number of Wimbledon tickets for our members based on the number of members we have registered to our club.  More details will be sent out soon.

Good luck to all our players for a successful 2019!

LTA Registration!

We are currently in the process of registering with the LTA and as such a number of requirements need to be met.  This includes the appointment of a dedicated Welfare Officer and this is David Laws – his details can be found on the Welfare Officer Poster on display at the courts and here on the website.  A new area will be created to include the policies and information we are required to adhere to in order to comply with the LTA standards – watch this space!



Junior Coaching Update

The junior programme is continuing to thrive as we approach the colder months. Well done to all the children participating and improving. The ‘player of the week’ trophy has been a popular addition to the younger age group classes, a 2nd trophy has been ordered for the mini red class on Wednesdays at 4.30pm.

Thank you all for taking the time to read through the player report cards, I have had positive feedback from these and will continue to produce them on a half termly basis.

There has been a slight update to the timetable this term, please see below:


• 1630 – 1730 Mini Red (5 – 8 years)

• 1730 – 1830 Mini Orange/Green (8 – 11 years)

• 1830 – 1930 Yellow Development (11 + years)


• 1630 – 1730 Mini Red (5 – 8 years)

• 1730 – 1830 Girls Development Squad (11 – 14 years)

• 1830 – 1930 Boys Development Squad (11 – 14 years)


Matchplay is an area where I am looking to offer more. Please stay tuned for upcoming junior tournaments in the York area.


Many thanks and see you on court.




Jim Hughes Trophy – 2018 Winners!

Club Events

Congratulations to Carole Withers and Tom Shouksmith

The weather held last Saturday afternoon and plenty of hard fought tennis took place on all three courts, well done to all those who joined in – especially players who are new to the club or just getting back into tennis.  I’m sure everyone agreed the standard was high with the trophy at stake but also the atmosphere was fun and sociable with drinks and food once the outcome of the tournament had been announced. Both Tom and Carole played consistently well with all partners throughout the event and enjoyed their first ever Jim Hughes Trophy win! Liz Powell and Philippa Page were hot on Carole’s heels with Phil Sinton and Andy Ivel pushing Tom right until the final round.

Thanks as always to our Club Secretary – Chris Place, for organising and running such an enjoyable afternoon and all her work throughout the year.


LTA Mini Tennis

At Rufforth Tennis Club we follow the LTA Mini Tennis guidelines for developing players 10 and under. There are three stages encompassing players from 5 to 10 years. At the mini red level, the court is much smaller, and the balls are larger and softer. As the child progresses through the colours (red, orange and green), the courts get bigger and the balls faster. Mini tennis is a brilliant way to get kids playing the sport on a court size to suit them.


For more information about LTA Mini Tennis please visit https://www3.lta.org.uk/LTA-Mini-Tennis/

Rufforth 3rd Team beat Stillington 2nds convincingly!


A strong home side made sure of the points in their opening fixture of the 2018 campaign.  Philippa Page and Phil Sinton bagged a 31 game haul to guarantee the right result.  The first couple were more than adequately supported by Captain Jack Benson and his partner for the evening Christine Place, with Liz Powell and Tom Frame continuing their successful partnership from last season. The visitors were always behind and were unable to close the gap as Rufforth displayed some exceptional tennis and the result never looked in doubt. The final score was 57 – 41

The 2nd Team welcomes Alne on Thursday evening, this fixture always proves to be a close and exciting game having produced some intense battles over the past few seasons. Good luck to all involved!


Wetherby Winter League Champions!


Once again Rufforth remain undefeated throughout the winter season to claim their second successive title at Wetherby. A squad featuring Sue Yoward, Kate Lewis, Denise Reilly, Judith Evans, James Edmond, Ed Ziegler, Tom Shouksmith and Andy Ivel saw off competition from Boroughbridge, Boston Spa and Wetherby to ensure maximum points! Rufforth are looking to enter another team in the Winter League for the 2018/19 season enabling more of our members to continue competitive tennis throughout the colder months.